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I was fumbling through my iPod to resurrect some long forgotten tunes and I decided to give my older Jason Mraz CD’s a whirl again. I’ve been a fan of San Diego based Mraz for years but haven’t spun his older tracks in many moons. I’m sure you’ve heard his current hit, I’m Yours, that’s been circulating on the radio, from his recently released May 2008 CD, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things. I just adore his sassy lyrical wordsmith style.

Listening to his earlier songs reminded me why I like him. He makes me smile. And smiling feels good. 

There are plenty of tracks you can sink your teeth into and hum over and over again. I heart Mr. Curiosity, The Remedy, You and I Both, Bella Luna, and of course who doesn’t love Geek in the Pink, made even that more famous by the American Idol contest, Chris Richardson. (But of course, Jason’s the real rhythm and rhyme master). Mr. Mraz will be in flapping his chops in Sweden this September and Fattie just surprised me with tickets! Yah! 

Here are just a couple videos to get you in the mood.

Jason’s current hit, I’m Yours

and one of my favorite songs, Life is Wonderful from his CD, Mr. A-Z:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkHTsc9PU2A

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l74d1fmZbw

 

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Happy to be back in the states for a couple weeks and tonight I’m feeling so grateful for the abundance and availability (well, compared to where I’m currently living in Sweden) of decent live music here.

Last night we headed out to set our eyes and ears on the San Diego based, Augustana. I’m sure you’ve heard their song, Boston which sold a million digital copies and was featured on the TV show One Tree Hill or the catchy tune, Stars and Boulevards – both songs from their first album, All the Stars and Boulevards. I adore their sporty heartfelt style – kind of a mix between Keane, Train, and The Fray. Dan Layus’ voice is amazing and his soulful breathy vocals sound even more fabulous in person. And being extremely easy on the eyes certainly doesn’t hurt either.

The girls and I had a blast hanging out together but unfortunately didn’t snap any pix worthy of posting. Here are two versions of Augustana’s new single, Sweet and Low, to whet your appetite. Trust me, you’ll be humming this one in no time.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2D07wrBNMk

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMUJiOveDGg

Augustana’s second CD, Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt just hit the stores on April 29th. For $9.90, it’s seriously worth the dough.

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Colbie Caillat - Coco

Colbie Calliat is the super cute 22 year old blondie singer-songwriter from California who broke records with her song, Bubbly – it’s been viewed more than 17 million times on youtube and upwards of 20 million on myspace.

Her CD, Coco, has been making the rounds in my iPod since last year and it continues to grow on me a little more every time I hear it.

It’s feel good music. Here’s her song, Magic.

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Official Brett Dennen Ain’t No Reason video.

And again on Jimmy Kimmel Live a few weeks back.

I can’t get enough.

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brett dennen

Ok, I realize I might be a little obsessive by nature. Even my friends would agree, once I like something I really like it. I’m just loyal and dedicated like that. That’s how I roll.

My current addiction is Brett Dennen.

Yeah, I heard him a couple years ago too but couldn’t really decide how much I liked him – I mean, was I willing to commit, get off my wallet, and fork over the $12.99 for his new CD? Well, after about a year pondering it and getting more & more attached to the 3 songs I did own by this musical master, I decided yes; Brett’s definitely worth it. I immediately – and happily – purchased just about everything by Dennen I could get my grubby paws on and have been playing him non-stop for a few weeks months. (wow – the time has flown by)

Brett Dennen is the passionate, confident, and captivating freckled face 28 year old Californian whom I currently adore. This goofy red haired, sometimes headband wearing, guitar carrying, singer songwriter’s music is brilliant, honest, and completely mesmerizing to me.

Rolling Stone names Brett Dennen as one of the top 10 artists to watch in 2008. (for the full article click here)

They offer this illustration on Brett’s “sound”.

brett dennen sound

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Nick Pitera is unusually talented and has tremendous vocal abilities – you can’t question that. Apparently, some refer to him as the ultimate singing mermaid.

I think he’s an angel.

Just spend 60 seconds listening to him perform Oh Holy Night. I got chills.

Here Nick sings both parts in Disney’s Aladdin song, Whole New World.

Yup.

Both male and female roles. Aladdin AND Jasmine.

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I stumbled upon the Acoustic Lounge on KSFS podcast while digging through iTunes. It’s free and I love it.

The Acoustic Lounge on KSFS hosts the Artist Spotlight every week, featuring sit down interviews and exclusive live performances with artists whose music is featured regularly on the show.

Some guests have included James Morrison, Paolo Nutini, Jose Gonzalez, Ari Hest, Belle & Sebastian, Ben Harper, Tristan Prettyman, Jamie Cullum, Jack Johnson, Joshua Radin, Matt Wertz, Eric Hutchinson, Jon McLaughlin and Teitur – just to name a few!

You can visit the Acoustic Lounge site at: http://myspace.com/acousticloungeksfs or subscribe to their free podcast via iTunes.

If you are in possession of other great podcasts, don’t be a hog.

Please share!

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best blog

Ever burned a copy of a friends CD? Maybe a song or two or even the whole stinking thing? It’s called music piracy and loads of people do it everyday.

Music piracy is any form of unauthorized duplication and/or distribution of music including downloading, file sharing, and CD-burning.

So? Wanna make nice nice?

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That’s it? That’s all you got? Day 10 has been a breeze.

We were able to lounge around the house this morning but my type A personality kicked in….

So, after scouring the ENTIRE abode in some kind of delirious deep cleaning frenzy, I grabbed the in-laws pooch and marched towards the golf club to see how my trusty Fattie was progressing on the remodel. Wow. That guy is bordering on being the handiest person I’ve gazed my eyes upon. F can accomplish anything that crosses his path and truly embraces a challenge. I heart him.

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10 days on master cleanse. I made it. No cheating.

Also no creamy risotto. No cream brulee. No lemon & herb roasted chicken. No cheese fondue. No rum laced bread pudding. No pinot nior. No cheesy margarita pizza. No fois gras. No ice cold beer. No banana bread. No garlic mashed potatoes. No freshed squeezed orange juice. No juicy filet mignon. No ceasar salad with homemade dressing & crunchy Parmesan croutons. No warm chocolate chip cookies. No diet coke. No Häagen-Dazs. Not even an avocado.

Not one lick.

But this amazing journey has been about a lot more than just a lack of tasty food, which I’m sure will be scrawled down in the upcoming days….

For now, I’m gratefully savoring my last few lemonades.

This song, Blessed by Brett Dennen, sums up exactly how I’m feeling.

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I dashed out for a quick walk and was lucky enough to capture some gorgeous pictures of the sun setting over the water. We live on a such a beautiful lake in Sweden. Gratitude overwhelms me everyday. I am truly blessed.

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Day 8 on the master cleanse brings feelings of determination.

There are only 2 1/2 days left and there is no question if I can execute to the original plan.

I can and I will. No hesitation.

The question darting around my tiny biscuit is this: since I’m already through the most challenging part of this fast (which for me was those pesky little days called one, two & three) why not persist for just an itty bitty bit longer…? Maybe 12 days? Maybe 15 days? Why stop at 10?

Amazing. Day two into this fast I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage through the next ten minutes and six days later I’m feeling like I could swallow this peppery lemon mixture for another week. Oh, yeah, of course I have cravings of Fattie and I sitting down to the table with a giant dish of chorizo & sun dried tomato laced penne pasta loaded with Parmesan cheese, a fresh pear, walnut & Gorgonzola salad and bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape…….But those silly cravings will just have to wait……

More lemonade please!

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